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Monday Dattch Chat: Obama Makes June LGBT Pride Month

Jun 02, 2014

So much is happening right now for Dattch – yesterday we had a big update where you can send private picture messages and see who’s viewed your profile and we’re releasing in Florida, New York and a few other surprise places within the next month.  We’re also hosting a super sexy soirée with Coco De Mer on 10th June.  Basically, we’re exhausted. If you see us, please give us coffee and a teddy bear and tell us it’s going to be OK.

  • We don’t often lust after the gentlemen folk but we’ve fallen a little bit in love with Barack Obama since he proclaimed that the month of June is now LGBT pride month.  He’s done something that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago and yet under his administration, we have seen the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and gay marriage legalised.  You can read the full statement here but here’s a snippet.  ‘Our commitment to advancing equality for the LGBT community extends far beyond our borders. In many places around the globe, LGBT people face persecution, arrest, or even state-sponsored execution. This is unacceptable. The United States calls on every nation to join us in defending the universal human rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters.’
  • Check out the inspiring story of the Whittington family who are supporting their young transgender child. 
  • Kirsty Allsopp thinks we should be having a more honest discussion about our fertility, home and education.  Granted, she said it in the most inflammatory way possible, but does she have a point?  Check out her comments in this Guardian piece.
  • Singer and ultimate lesbian icon, Melissa Etheridge, married girlfriend Linda Wallem on Saturday, tweeting the above picture with, ‘True love…so blessed. “By the power invested in me by the state of California…” Thanks.’  Side note, we’re not grown up enough to have a garden like this, but we wants it.  It will be ours.
  • The connection to gay women and their haircuts continues over on the HuffPo blog.
  • The stunningly impressive Laverne Cox was recently on the cover of Time magazine, but Autostraddle weren’t so impressed with the story inside.  Trans coverage can always be better and hopefully having eloquent speakers like Cox and Janet Mock can improve this situation.
  • How to give a friend a sex toy without being a weirdo about it.
  • And finally, a woman in China was beaten to death because she refused to give out her phone number to a group of men.  And in case you missed it on twitter all last week after the Elliott Rodgers-inspired maelstrom of misogyny that was the #notallmen tag, #yesallwomen needs to be kept alive because things like this will continue to happen.  Keeping the conversation going means our voices continue to be heard.  Share your experiences of being a woman faced with sexism with the #yesallwomen tag and be a part of the change we need to see in the world.

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